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Confederacy Account Book (1780-1781)

The Account Book and Roll of the Continental Ship Confederacy, June 1780-March 1781, Item 629 located in Record Group 45 of the National Archives was transcribed by Joseph Ross in 2009. A note inside the ledger indicates it was discovered at Princeton University in 1930 and presented to the Navy Department. The accounts are given in pounds/shillings/pence amounts, ie. 460.5.4 represents four hundred sixty pounds, five shillings and four pence. You will note that the totals are adjusted in the Account Book and reduced to one fortieth of their face value when paid in specie. This is an illustrative of the high rate of deflation in pay experienced by all sailors late in the war. Where Page “a” is noted, such as Page 1a, it represents a second unnumbered leaf associated with the noted page in the Account Book. Continue reading

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Alphabetical List of Officers and Men of the Frigate Confederacy (1779)

The Alphabetical List of Officers and Men of the Frigate Confederacy (1779) is derived from the list that appears on pages 601-602 of the publication “Record of Service of Connecticut Men, Part I, Naval Record of Connecticut, 1775-1783” edited by Henry P. Johnston (1889). A note on page 600 indicates the original list is in the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford. This list of officers and men was probably associated with the Confederacy’s maiden cruise out of New London on Saturday 1 May 1779. However, most of her crew would remain with the ship until her return to Philadelphia from Martinico on Thursday 27 April 1780 at the completion of her second major cruise. The list has been annotated to include position on the ship if known and offers alternate spellings of names (in parenthesis) to assist internet browsing. Continue reading

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Alphabetical List of Officers and Men of the Frigate Confederacy (1781)

The Alphabetical List of Officers and Men of the Frigate Confederacy (1781) is derived from the Account Book and Roll of the Continental Ship Confederacy, June 1780-March 1781, item 629 located in Record Group 45. A note inside the ledger indicates it was discovered at Princeton University in 1930 and presented to the Navy Department. The list was transcribed by Joseph Ross in 2009 and has been annotated to include position on the ship if known and offers alternate spellings of names (in parenthesis) to assist internet browsing. Continue reading

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Frigate Confederacy – Construction Crew List (1777-1779)

Frigate Confederacy Shipyard Pay Slips- August 1777 to November 1777 (Folders 12 & 13) Returns approved by Gurdon Bill [Lieutenant of Marines] William Beckwith [also on Boat Builders’ & Top Builders’ Returns, Midshipman] Josiah Morris (multiple) Jared Gibbons (multiple) Patrick … Continue reading

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